Magazine article Variety

Static, Ambient Noise Permeate 'Poltergeist' Score

Magazine article Variety

Static, Ambient Noise Permeate 'Poltergeist' Score

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Composer Marc Streitenfeld, vacationing in a villa in Florence, Italy, felt guilty about not working on "Poltergeist," his latest assignment So he pulled out his laptop, plugged in the keyboard, and heard "this weird static interference," he says. "It scared the crap out of me." But, eve- on a quest for new sounds, he quickly pulled out his iPhone, recorded the sound - and its in the score for MGM's remake of the 1982 classic, out May 22.

As director Gil Kenan explains: "There's a subtheme in the film: the way that electricity permeates our lives, and that's part of the way the haunting is able to express itself. Marc picked up on that idea, brought in these electronic signals and weaved them, sometimes melodically, sometimes in more discordant or troubling ways, in scenes of suspense or drama. …

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